Sunday, September 16, 2007

I'll Take 50

No words can describe how great this past week has been for me on the running front. I will admit that finding time to run 50 miles is a challenge but as I set here now I truly am amazed at my ability to do just that.

Alarm clock screams at 4:30am Saturday morning. Yikes this was early but I quickly packed all my gear in the car and headed to meet the girls for our hour drive to the mountains. Within the first 15 minutes of our run two deer crossed our path and I must admit at that moment it was worth getting up early just to be there. The temperature was also amazing and slightly cool. As the sun came up it made it's way through the cracks in the forest to spread a beautiful blanket of light for us. Another wonderful moment!

Due to some obligations we ended the run at 19.5 miles and then headed home. I completed my additional 4.5 miles later that evening and to my surprise I felt really good during it. Sunday I tackled a new course in a neighborhood I knew would dish out more hills to me. My goal was not speed but to complete the entire run tackling each hill without walking. My mind was focused and each hill was tackled without a problem. It became a game in fact and my mind was winning. The only way to conquer hills is to run them like crazy... right?!!

So for the week I reached 50 miles. I am thrilled and proud at my ability to continue to grow. Feeling stronger everyday!!

Robin

13 comments:

David said...

Awesome job, that's quite an acomplishment! That's the way I tend to go after hills, unless my lungs are already trying to jump out of my throat. Just give it a grunt and charge up. For me, it seems that I wind up using different muscles, or the same ones in differnet ways. which gives me a break. I guess that's why people used to running hills have a hard time in all flat. Same with cycling, me thinks.

RunningCrazyAfter3 said...

Holy cow lady! That rocks! You did a great job getting all those miles under your belt this week. How many are on the agenda for next?

Chad in the Arizona Desert said...

Fantastic job! It sounds like you have put your knee issues behind you and are running stronger than ever. Great job and keep up the good work!

Wes said...

Wow! I can't imagine running 50 miles in one week! And to be pain free to is just fantastic!!

Bob Gentile said...

OH missy I cannot pick out a good looking BUFF--LOL

Geesh, why such an ugly buff Robin :-( did u pick a "ruff ruff buff" --lmao awwwwww... seriously I feel bad...I love my Buffs, Please take a photo of u wearing before u send it back, let us vote :-) it cannot be that bad!

Great job on ur 50 milessssssss GO GO GO !!! ROLL ROLL ROLL !!! GO GO GO !!!

Marcy said...

You're the cutest, I swear! But that is not to be confused with also kicking some major a$$! Holy mother!! That's a lot of mileage!

scott keeps running said...

HIGH FIVE!! you're doing great and are inspiring me to push even farther. as sore as i am right now you're getting me all pumped up to hit the trails tonight. uhhhh, maybe tomorrow. actually, wednesday's looking the best.

stephruns said...

50 miles is really something. Your progess is so good.

Phil said...

Getting up and over 50 miles is a great accomplishment. I'm impressed how you're doing it in style. Many of us just keep running around the same road courses near our houses. You get out and find someplace interesting to run.

Congratulations.

jen said...

Hi Gotta Run, just found your blog via Bob Gentile's. Great job on the 50 mile week- sounds like you have some really great trails around there! I read back to your heat stroke spell, how scary. I'm glad you are doing ok and thanks for sharing that spooky episode for us all to learn from. Can't wait to read about your upcoming Ultras... you are an amazing runner! :)

See Zanne Run said...

oh thank god. i though you meant 50 miles in one day. i can close my mouth & put my eyes back in my head now.

just read bob's post. ugly buff? i have to go back to post & see ... i love buff's now - found them here, through bob's suggestion in your comments - got one for my husband too.

Mendy said...

Hey Robin! That's a lot of miles and I'm happy you're having no pain. I know you are thrilled about that. Truly an accomplishment!!!

runliarun said...

This is such a cool picture, you look like a running princess, and your mileage is impressive, and I never cease to be amazed at your enthusiasm, you live with such joy.